The links of The European Club has been designed to perpetuate and modernise the traditional values of links golf. The combination of rugged dunes, deep bunkers, sea breezes and large undulating greens calls on the golfer to display strength of character, an ability to think, and shot making skills.
Fast-running fairways, greens that invite the pitch-and-run approach and acres of tall, waving marram grass and golden-flowered gorse are the very essence of golf as it was at the beginning and was always meant to be. All modern golf is merely a copy of the original with mounding, bunkering and the other main features of golf’s landscape borrowed and adapted from dunesland golf.
Archaic features such as blind shots have been banished largely from the agenda at The European Club with fourteen holes offering a complete tee-to-green vista and the landing area for the drive is clearly visible on the others. At first glance, the links presents an awesome challenge with fairways seeming to be only ribbons through the sand hills and what is one to do about those yawning bunkers? But, so much is calculated deception aimed at inducing “white knuckles” on the club and in the mind as the golfer tightens-up and strives to guide the shot rather than hit out!
The links of The European Club has been designed primarily as a golf place for real golfers…. those who play and think well. Less powerful or gifted players will find a way to play the links satisfactorily if they play within the scope of their talents and refrain from undue acts of aggression against a links which takes no prisoners from amongst the foolish.